College Admissions

November 15, 2018

Give Thanks for Our Wonderful Children

If I had one word to tell parents of high school students applying to college, it’s perspective. Your students are capable, but please remember that they are mostly 17-year-olds. Their responses to doing the work necessary to apply, […]
October 19, 2018

Takeaways from Inside the Admissions Office, October 2018

If you couldn’t make it to the Inside the Admissions Office program at the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Monday, October 15th, don’t worry. This blog gives you the highlights of that dynamic evening with a panel of admissions deans from across […]
September 2, 2018

Trends at the Start of Another Year

It’s application season, and to coin a phrase from Peter, Paul and Mary, there are some trends that are “Blowin’ in the Wind”: Colleges are pulling back on requiring SAT Subject Tests. It seems that Caltech, Harvey Mudd […]
May 5, 2018

College Admissions is Like a Box of Cupcakes

Last week, I attended the semi-annual conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, or IECA, of which I am a professional member. Held in Austin, Texas, it was an opportunity for me to network with my colleagues and […]
May 1, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf – Rice University

The most difficult thing for me to decide to do in writing up my return experience at Rice University was deciding which photo to use. Rice is undeniably one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, […]
February 12, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Furman University

Wow! What a tour. The purpose, we were told, was to experience Furman University through two different tour guides, and we did. The first guide took us – just me and a mother and her son – on […]
January 23, 2018

On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Davidson College

A man was painting the admissions office, so my information session and tour of Davidson started in the well-appointed Student Union. It had been a long time since my last visit to campus, and I was happy to […]
January 4, 2018

What High Schools Can Do to Lessen Anxiety about Getting into College

Last month, I wrote about what parents can do to help lessen the anxiety about applying to college. This is the portion of a recent article by Leah Shaffer from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that talks about […]
December 7, 2017

What’s a Parent to Do?

Applying to college is an anxious time in the lives of students and parents, especially as deadlines draw close. Seniors in particular have a lot on their plates first semester – schoolwork, clubs and teams, college visits, standardized […]
November 24, 2017

What Do Colleges Want in an Applicant? (Character)

A recent excellent article by Eric Hoover in the Education Life section of the New York Times of Sunday, November 1, 2017, asked the question and the word noted in the parentheses of the headline was Everything. I […]